After a long summer break, the welcomed return of the SRO Series of racing at Road America

Friday, August 20, 2021


Despite a brief interlude for one of the series three weeks ago at Nashville, it’s been nearly three months since we last saw the GT World Challenge America and GT4 America Series cars race at Virginia International Speedway, but this weekend we welcome them and the GT America cars back as all three series ready themselves for Round 4 from Road America.

At this round and for the remaining rounds of the GT4 America Series, we welcome the Automatic Racing team into the SRO series with an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 crew of Mikel Miller and Paul Kiebler and their patriotically livered car. We believe that this car is the last years IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season winning car used by Nate Stacey and Kyle Marcelli.

We did post something on this entry a while ago but then their plans back then had not been fully endorsed and now they have, the pair will be using the remaining four rounds of the season to showcase what they have with a view of a possible full season entry next year.

Casting our mind back to early June, VIR was something of another AMR success story with another podium finish for Jason Bell in his GMG Racing AMR in GT America – adding to his points haul that both he and fellow GTA racer, Gray Newell did at the GTA support race at Nashville’s IndyCar Street circuit round earlier this month. 

This series will continue to run through to its completion without the Notlad Racing AMR GT4 of Matt Dalton as they have now committed to see out the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series instead as Dalton continues to recover from injuries sustained and confidence after an accident at the VIR round.

We also have the return of the Ian Lacey Racing AMR Vantage GT3 of Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley – sadly still one of just two AMR GT3’s racing in the USA at the moment with that of the Heart of Racing GTD car in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.

Late collecting their car, the opening round of the series at Sonoma in early March proved to be something of a test session before the Bronze/Silver duo have become more accustomed with their car to have made noticeable improvements over the last two rounds and will arrive at Road America with their best performance to date just behind them.

Then back with the GT4 America Series, we also see the return of the Pro-Am entries of the #2 GMG Racing AMR GT4 for Bell/Andrew Davis, the #24 Heart of Racing AMR GT4 for Newell and Ian James, the #59 WR Racing car of Paul Terry/Brandon Davis and the #15 Bsport Racing car of Bryan Putt/Kenton Kock amongst the record forty car grid. They will also be joined by the #062 Silver Cup entry of Dexter Racing and brothers Warren and Ryan Dexter.

Last time out at VIR, both the #59 WR Racing and #15 Bsport Racing crews tasted the sweet taste of success with a P3 for the #59 in race 1 and an outright race win for the #15 crew in the second. The successful audition from the Dexter car unfortunately came to a bitter end at VIR as continuing electrical cut race 1 short before not appearing for the second.

Bsport and WER Racing lay P2 and P3 in the Pro-Am Team’s Championship respectively with only ten points between them but with a hefty sixty eight margin to the leading Nolasport Porsche team out front. The double blank for the Dexter Team at VIR has seen them drop to P6 in the Silver but only twenty-nine points behind the Murillo Racing Mercedes team.

In GTWCA, the #12 Ian Lacey AMR Vantage GT3 crew presently reside in P10 in the Pro-Am Drivers Championship whilst in GT America, Jason Bell lifts up to P3 after his points haul at Nashville with Newell up to P8 in his debut racing season.

Photo credits – GT4 America / GT America / GTWCA / CSJ Motorsport / Teams
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